Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:45 pm on 1st July 1998.

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Photo of Mr John Hume Mr John Hume Social Democratic and Labour Party 6:45 pm, 1st July 1998

The three parties that are represented entirely accurately are the Alliance Party (one representative for six Members), Sinn Fein (three for 18) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (four for 24).

Let us look at the Unionist parties’ representation. The United Kingdom Unionist Party is over-represented, as is the Progressive Unionist Party. Together, the Unionist parties are well represented. As their description implies, the three Independents did not stand together. It is right to give representation to the Progressive Unionist Party and the Women’s Coalition for they represent votes in constituencies other than their own. The Independents represent only themselves and the people in their constituencies who voted for them.